Although dogs are typically considered as being man’s best friend,
these canine companions can cause injury to either friend or foe. According
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 4.5
million Americans are bitten by dogs annually, and that one in five
dog bites is severe enough to warrant medical treatment.
Victims of dog bites are often left with painful injuries and costly medical
bills. In many cases, they must miss work in order to make a full recovery,
especially when the dog attack causes a broken bone or a severe head or
spine injury. The injured party can pursue a
personal injury lawsuit to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
Additionally, dogs have the potential to permanently disfigure a person.
Not only do these injuries result in years of treatment and recovery,
but also cause psychological and emotional damage. In these cases, victims
may be awarded compensation for pain and suffering.
If the dog’s owner acted in a reckless manner or with willful intent,
as the victim was being attacked the dog, the court may also award punitive
damages to the injured party.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Recover Your Entitled Damages
If you have been bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal and suffered
injuries that resulted in a number of damages, it is critical to seek
experienced legal representation from a qualified personal injury attorney.
A lawyer will ensure you have the resources necessary to help recover
from the physical and emotional issues related to the potentially long-lasting
effects of an animal attack.
Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C., our Kingston legal team understands what it takes to hold the dog’s
owner accountable for your injuries. With more than 100 years of combined
experience and tens of millions of dollars obtained for our clients, we
can guide you through the complex legal process and help you obtain the
most favorable settlement possible.
For more information,
contact us and request a
free consultation today.